DA to Question Former NYPD Top Cop Accused of Hit-and-Run

Safir is accused of hitting a pregnant woman; the new DA wants to chat about the accident

By Andrew Siff
|  Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010  |  Updated 9:19 AM EDT
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DA to Question Former NYPD Top Cop Accused of Hit-and-Run

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Manhattan's new District Attorney has some questions for a man who used to enforce the laws in New York City: former Police Commissioner Howard Safir

On Friday, 30-year old Joanne Valerezo, who is seven months pregnant, said Safir backed his double-parked SUV into her on Third Avenue. She says she bruised her shoulder but wasn't seriously injured. But she told police that Safir didn't stop after hitting her.

Safir, who was Police Commissioner in the Giuliani Administration, told detectives he did nothing wrong.

NBC New York reached former NYC Police Commissioner Howard Safir by phone. "It's really something I've been advised not to discuss," he said.

An NYPD Spokesman tells NBCNewYork that police from the 19th Precinct have cleared Safir of wrongdoing."The Detective Squad found no criminality," said the spokesman.

But Cyrus Vance, who was just sworn in as Manhattan DA, hasn't closed the case.

"Our office is looking into it," said Vance spokeswoman Erin Duggan. Vance's office notes that investigating vehicular crimes will be a top priority in 2010.

 

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